Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait,
oil on canvas, 1877.
Any intimations of Spring are premature.
There's another Everest at the end of my driveway and I was yeti all weekend.
Appropriate that Charles posted about info dumps -- nothing impedes the free flow of a story more than waddling drifts of information and a two-three foot snowplow rim of exposition.
In comments, Steve made the observation that when snowing the reader one should limit the depth of precipitation to 110 words at any one time -- which I thought was a neat guide to reader tolerance.
And Josephine defined several types of info dump: one the As-You-Know-Bob heavy sledding style, another the Up-Hill-Both-Ways weather geek who recounts all the great storms of the past century with appropriate statistics, ie. shows off his research hoping to impress you with his ( marginally relevant) knowledge, and the third being blocks recounting the personal history/backstory of each major player.
I want to hit those types with a shovel upside the head.
At present, the type of info dump that irritates me most is the pause to present in excessive detail a physical description of each character as they are introduced.
Certainly, it's tempting to provide the reader with all necessary information, but a few inches at a time is really enough.
Other types of info dump that annoy you?